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Katie Leach

Qualified RYT-500 UK Alliance yoga teacher

Since I can remember I have always loved playing sport and being active. I was on all the sports teams at school and continued my passion through to university where I studied Sports & Exercise Science. Any spare time was generally spent on the hockey pitch.

I continued playing hockey to a high level after university, until it became too difficult to fit in all the training, with work and attempting to have a life as well. Looking to fill a gap, I started taking up running more seriously and have completed numerous half marathons and two marathons.

With running being very high impact and intense on the body, I started finding myself going to more and more yoga classes, trying to balance out the tightening of my muscles with stretching. The more I went, the more I felt the benefits both on a physical and mental level.

I wanted to deepen my own practice, as well as learn more about the anatomy and physiology behind yoga and so I signed up to a Yoga Teacher Training intensive course in India. I am now a qualified RYT-500 UK Alliance yoga teacher (multi-style - ashtanga, hatha, vinyasa, yin) and continue to develop my own self-practice, whilst playing as many other sports as I can at the same time.

No Time for Yoga? You Do Now!

No time for yoga? Now you do! Although yoga is best practised in a quiet environment, focusing on your breath and without the distractions of the outside world around you, that's not to say you can't do some postures every day, easily incorporating them into your life.
25/05/2016 12:06 BST

An Expose Into the World of Yoga Leggings

This is the blog post I know you've all been waiting for. And there is nothing more important to a yogi like myself than yoga leggings, or pants as the Americans like to call them. It's now entirely justifiable to wear them out to the shops, on the school run or even jazzing them up with a smart top on a night out - ok that's just me then...
20/05/2016 12:34 BST

Have a Little Patience

Anyone who knows me well knows that patience is not one of my strongest qualities. From since I can remember I was told "more haste, less speed" on a daily basis at school and I've always wanted things to happen faster.
29/05/2015 10:31 BST

Yin and Tonic

The majority of the poses are floor based and focus primarily on the lower part of the body (hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine).
21/05/2015 23:21 BST

The Benefits of Different Groups of Postures

In many forms of yoga you move through a set sequence of postures, starting with a warm up, followed by sun salutations, standing postures and then onto the floor. If you're wondering why you do certain groups of postures and what their benefits are, here is some background.
13/05/2015 15:48 BST

Yes You Are Flexible Enough for Yoga

The most common response when I say to people that I'm a yoga teacher and that they should try it sometime is that "I'm just not flexible enough to do yoga". I love the analogy I recently saw comparing it to saying that you're too dirty to take a shower.
10/05/2015 22:38 BST

Twenty Tips for Running Your First Marathon

I'd always looked at people running marathons before I attempted mine and thought; "it can't be that hard can it". Although I'd done a few half marathons and thought the prospect of running it twice seemed the most ridiculous concept ever, I still didn't think it would be quite as hard mentally and physically as it was...
27/03/2015 18:25 GMT

Super Friday - Have You Been Feeling Strange This Week?

The full moon is a great time to have a clear out and get rid of what you don't need in your life whereas the new moon can bring you feelings of excitement and hope. It's a time for setting new goals and thinking about what you'd like to accomplish over the next month.
20/03/2015 14:27 GMT

It Wasn't Me, It Was My Chimp

This model explains why you react a certain way in certain situations. It's not how you the human would behave, but the inner chimp or computer takes over and you carry out an action based on jumping to a conclusion rather than the human side of the brain that would look for facts.
17/03/2015 14:48 GMT

"If Today Were the Last Day of My Life..."

With five out of seven days being ones you get up and go to work (over 70%), this really is one of the biggest parts of your life and you have to make sure you can look in that mirror every morning and say 'yes, this is what I want to do, this is what I want to get up for'.
13/03/2015 11:30 GMT